Two From Collioure


The wines of Collioure pop-up in the area from time to time.  Those from Domaine La Tour Vieille have appeared in my posts before but never those of Tramontane.  The 2011 Domaine La Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure while clearly young, showed high-toned red fruit that was more structured.  The 2009 Tramontane, Collioure perhaps benefitted from the bottle age to be rather aromatic and sport some complexity.  It was the more generous of the two but maintained an attractive integration of the aromas and flavors.   I like to drink good wines from Collioure for they live on the edge, representing the wild terrain and the warmth of the sun.  These wines were purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore.

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2011 Domaine La Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure – $22.50
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and 15% Mourvedre sourced from 35-70 year old vines on soils of schist.  It was aged for 12 months in vats.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed firmer red aromas.    In the mouth were high-toned flavors of red fruit and minerals.  The wine was initially rounded with some toast notes and a little heat on the back of the throat.  With air the wine balanced out to show hard, red fruit, tart berries, some roast, and cinnamon-like spices.  There was a tangy finish and aftertaste.  **(*) 2016-2024.

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2009 Tramontane, Collioure – $22.50
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Grenache sources from old vines on soils of schist.  Alcohol 14.5%.  This was more aromatic with dried floral aromas, pastilles, and spices.  In the mouth were richer flavors of red fruit followed by lots of flavor from fine, powdery and ripe red blue fruit.  There was a  little bit of tannins and a touch of lively acidity on the tongue tip.  With air there were some cinnamon notes, wood box, and more tannins.  It developed flavors of raspberry supported by good acidity and followed by a floral finish.  *** Now-2024.

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